Whether you have a peanut allergy or whether you just want to live a healthier lifestyle, natural nut butters can be a nice alternative.Â But buying them in the health food store can be a bit pricey.Â Not to worry.Â All it takes is a food processor and a little time to make your own nut butters right in your own kitchen.
The simple ingredients to make the nut butter are a couple of cups of the desired nuts and a little bit of olive oil.Â You can add other ingredients to flavor the nut butters, such as a tablespoon of honey or coconut oil, or maybe salt.Â Itâs a matter of taste preference.
For most nut butters, youâll want to roast the nuts first. Follow these simple steps to make your own nut butter.Â Keep in mind these steps will vary slightly depending on the type of nuts youâre using.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.Â Cover a cookie sheet with the (shelled) nuts of your choice. Ideally youâll want to roast them so that the nuts will be crispy.Â Or you want to soak them for 12-24 hours and then dehydrate them.Â Doing this will remove the phytate content.Â Phytates have a tendency to strain the digestive system and pull nutrients from the body.Â
Put the cookie sheet in the oven and set your timer for eight minutes.Â This is about the correct amount of time for peanuts and almonds.Â But times will vary for different types of nuts.
When the time is up pull them out of the oven and stir.Â Put them back in for another 8-12 minutes.Â Generally 18-20 minutes overall is a good time but keep a watch on the color of the nuts as well as the smell.
When the nuts have cooled, place about 4 to 6 ounces of nuts into the food processor and turn the processor on to medium speed.Â At first youâll have nothing but nut dust, but the nuts will get chopped up and become finer and finer.Â You will likely have to scrape the sides of the food processor several times with a rubber spatula.
The nuts will begin to clump.Â When they do, add about a teaspoon of oil and run the processor again.Â But be patient and donât add too much oil.Â Allow the processor the time it needs to work.
Depending on the nuts, you may not have to add the oil.Â It will take several minute for the clump to begin to break down and become creamy. Â Youâll need to let the processor run until the nut butter reaches the desired consistency.Â This could take a while, so be patient.
Here are some things to keep in mind with different types of nuts.
Almonds are usually reasonably priced.Â Theyâre also easier to digest.Â You can buy raw almond butter in health food stores.Â If you prefer it raw, just do the same process without roasting the nuts.
Cashews are generall more expensive.Â If you roast them, be careful because they brown much faster than almonds.
Raw pecan butter.Â
Pecans donât require roasting.Â Theyâre soft and process…